Surgeon Experience with Parental Leave Policies Varies Based on Practice Setting.

Title

Surgeon Experience with Parental Leave Policies Varies Based on Practice Setting.

Creator

Bingmer Katherine; Walsh Danielle S; Gantt Nancy L; Sanfey Hilary A; Stein Sharon L

Publisher

World journal of surgery

Date

2020
2020-03

Description

BACKGROUND: The increase in female surgeons has resulted in scrutiny of widely variable parental leave policies. We hypothesized that academic and private practice surgeons have different experiences based on difference in workplace expectations. METHODS: A 25-question survey was disseminated via social media and through the Association of Women Surgeons social media platforms from June 1 to September 15, 2017. An analysis of attending surgeons working in the USA in an academic or private practice setting was performed. RESULTS: Of 1115 total respondents, 477 were attending surgeons practicing in the USA. Practice distribution was 34% private and 47% academic. There was no difference in marital status, work status, or the number who report having been pregnant between the groups. Compared to academic surgeons, private practice surgeons were statistically less likely to have paid leave (p < 0.001) and were more likely to continue to pay benefits while on leave (p < 0.001). Private practitioners were more likely to return to work sooner than desired due to financial (p = 0.022) and supervisor (p = 0.004) pressures and were more likely to leave a job (p = 0.01). Academic surgeons were more likely to experience a delay in job advancement (p = 0.031). On multivariate analysis, more than two pregnancies were associated with an increased risk of perception of a bias and discrimination against pregnancy in the workplace. CONCLUSIONS: Parental leave policies and attitudes vary between academic and private practice, creating unique challenges for female surgeons and different issues for family planning depending on employment model.

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NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of General Surgery

Update Year & Number

March 2020 Update

Affiliated Hospital

Mercy Health St Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Citation

Bingmer Katherine; Walsh Danielle S; Gantt Nancy L; Sanfey Hilary A; Stein Sharon L, “Surgeon Experience with Parental Leave Policies Varies Based on Practice Setting.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 16, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11001.

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